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Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

November 27, 2017

This report describes natural infrastructure projects implemented in coastal California to support adaptive planning and solutions regarding climate-related coastal hazards. Five case studies of successful adaptation projects to address coastal issues are provided, demonstrating different strategies for varying coastal environments. The report makes the case that natural shoreline infrastructure is a better alternative to engineered structures such as seawalls that increase erosion. Natural infrastructure is more likely to preserve the benefits of coastal ecosystems which provide flood protection, recreation, wildlife habitat, water quality and more.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed

2017

This analysis assesses the current conditions and projected trends for the Narragansett Bay, a watershed that spans Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is home to 1. 95 million people. The research is the culmination of multiple years of study by universities, organizations, federal partners, and agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The results are presented in a shorter summary document and a 500-page technical report. In addition to other stressors including water quality and pollution, urbanization, and changes to habitats, the researchers look at the impacts of climate change now and in the future.

Related Organizations: Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Coastal Adaptation: A Framework for Governance and Funding to Address Climate Change - New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region

October 16, 2017

The Regional Planning Association (RPA) - for the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region - developed this report on coastal climate change adaptation strategies and governance - responding to climate impacts projected for the area such as sea level rise, extreme storms, and severe flooding. According to the report, more than 20% of the region’s municipalities (167) face a future of coastal flooding (either intermittent from storms or permanent from sea level rise). Along with the report, RPA is recommending a new Regional Coastal Commission to help implement adaptation solutions across state lines, produce a regional coastal adaptation plan, and “award funding from new adaptation trust funds” - among other goals.

Related Organizations: Regional Plan Association

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Landmark at Risk: Protecting the Historic Seaport of Annapolis, Maryland

October 2017

Utilizing GIS tools to overlay flood risk maps with Annapolis’ many historical sites, the interactive web-based resource help users to understand the threat to their community through images and story mapping.  Spurred by the state’s 2008 Climate Action Plan, which assessed what approach  (protecting, retreating, or abandoning) was most appropriate for coastal communities threatened by sea level rise, this tool brings together experts in planning, architecture, engineering, and historic preservation.

Related Organizations: City of Annapolis, Maryland

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Green Infrastructure Techniques for Resilience of the Oregon Coast Highway

October 2017

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) green infrastructure solutions for resilience documented in this report are the result of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored pilot project. ODOT analyzed how green infrastructure can help protect the Oregon Coast Highway (US 101) from the impacts of extreme storms and coastal bluff erosion. Through this study ODOT explored the use of nature-based design solutions to protect coastal transportation infrastructure from these climate enhanced impacts.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Incentive Zone Program for Municipalities

September 3, 2017

In 2017, New Hampshire passed a new law, New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 79-E:4-a, that enables municipalities to create a tax incentive program to encourage resiliency in coastal areas. Municipalities can establish “Coastal Resilience Incentive Zones” (CRIZ) in their jurisdictions to grant property owners tax relief for undertaking “resilience measures” for qualified properties or structures identified as impacted by storm surge, sea-level rise, or extreme precipitation projections.

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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PLAN Hermosa: City of Hermosa Beach, CA Integrated General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan

August 22, 2017

PLAN Hermosa, for the City of Hermosa Beach, California, sets the overall policies and priorities to manage its structural, environmental, social, and economic resources. Climate change is a priority issue addressed in the plan, with a focus on the impacts of sea level rise and extreme heat.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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When Rising Seas Hit Home

July 12, 2017

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), hundreds of coastal communities in the U. S. have, or can expect to have, chronic and disruptive flooding inundation from sea level rise in the next few decades. This study identifies all of these communities that will experience enough severe flooding to require either large investments to defend or accommodate sea level rise, or, have to retreat and relocate. The analysis also identifies the “response time” remaining before such flooding occurs, and therefore gives affected communities perspective on the time they have to prepare.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Governance Gap: Climate Adaptation and Sea-Level Rise in the SF Bay Area

June 30, 2017

This report summarizes the results of a study of governance for climate adaptation to sea-level rise and coastal flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area (SF Bay Area) of California. The study focused on the “governance gap” that exists between the problem of sea-level rise and the implementation of adaptation solutions that increase resilience. From the research, possible solutions to those problems were identified, and a set of recommendations were developed that are “likely to receive stakeholder support, be feasible to achieve and take forward steps on the path towards adaptive capacity.

Related Organizations: University of California, Davis

Author or Affiliated User: Mark Lubell

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Louisiana 2017 Coastal Master Plan

June 2, 2017

In June 2017, the Louisiana State Legislature unanimously approved the state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan, which updates the state’s 2012 plan.   The Coastal Master Plan provides a 50-year blueprint for directing Louisiana’s investments, regulations, and programs in coastal restoration, resilience, and protection. The plan recommends 124 projects to restore coastal ecosystems, build flood control structures, and enhance land-use policies to reduce flood risks in coastal Louisiana communities and to enhance coastal economies and ecosystems.

Related Organizations: Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Resource Category: Planning

 

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